Who is Eduardo Camavinga? The ‘superstar’ wonderkid linked with Arsenal transfer


Arsenal are set for a crucial period in the summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks to rejuvenate his squad, continuing the immense overall that began in January.

Midfield is likely to be an area of focus for Arsenal, with Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard set to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are likely to be sold after loan spells away from the Emirates Stadium and Mohamed Elneny’s future is also under question.

Stade Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga is one of the names being touted for a move to the Emirates Stadium, with the France international having attracted interest from right across Europe.

But who is the teenager, what has been said about him, how much would he cost and who else is in the hunt? We’ve gathered everything you need to know here.


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Breakthrough

Born in Angola, Camavinga has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his debut for Stade Rennes as a 16-year-old in 2019, becoming a mainstay for the Ligue 1 outfit since then.

Camavinga made his arrival on the global stage in August 2019 when he produced a man-of-the-match performance and an assist in Rennes’ 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

The 18-year-old’s performances at club level earned him recognition with the France national team. He earned his first Les Bleus call-up in August 2020 after Paul Pogba withdrew from the squad with Covid-19.

After making his international debut, and then scoring against Ukraine later that year, with an overhead no less, he became the youngest player in over 100 years to represent France.

Back at club level, Camavinga has missed just two of Rennes’ 32 Ligue 1 matches, playing an integral part in their push for European qualification.

While he has just one goal and one assist to his name in Ligue 1, his dribbling has caught the eye of scouts all over Europe. He now looks set for an exit after reportedly snubbing the offer of a fresh contract with Rennes.



Eduardo CAMAVINGA of Rennes during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Stade Rennais and RC Strasbourg at Roazhon Park on March 14, 2021 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Camavinga is a hot property ahead of this summer

‘He’s going to be a superstar’

“Would I like to have him on my team? Yes, of course. But I can’t talk about other players, who are not from my team,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said while in charge of PSG in September.

“He’s one of the best players in Ligue 1. He’s a great player, very strong, with a great future. But he also plays in a great team which plays in the Champions League. But that’s not how it goes, it’s not Monopoly!

“I’m not going to say not to recruit him, but that’s not how it goes.”

“Camavinga can play next year in the Premier League. He is that good,” Camavinga’s agent Jonathan Barnett told The Athletic recently.

“Whether he will or not, I don’t know. His background has been tough if you know what he went through as a refugee and the burning of his home (in Rennes).

“But his character is amazingly strong. He is not your average 18-year-old. Playing in front of 100,000 people is not going to scare him. He’s a lovely boy and I think he’s going to be a superstar.”



Stade Rennes midfielder Edouardo Camavinga is one of the most fiercely coveted young players in world football.
Stade Rennes midfielder Edouardo Camavinga is one of the most fiercely coveted young players in world football.

Transfer saga incoming?

Camavinga is likely to be available this summer after reportedly rejecting the offer of a new contract at Rennes. His his current deal is due to expire in 2022 and the Ligue 1 club are unlikely to want to risk losing their most marketable asset for free next summer.

As such, Rennes are expected to cash in at the end of the season. Barnett described him as “probably the best young player in the world” last month and is expecting a fierce battle for his services when the transfer window opens.

“I’m expecting three or four very big deals of my own that will break a lot of records,” Barnett told The Athletic, referring to Camavinga, as well as his other clients like Jack Grealish and RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate.

It has been reported that Rennes will demand in excess of £60million for the teenage midfielder, over double their current record sale, the £27m Watford paid for Ismaila Sarr.

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Who also is in the frame?

Arsenal will face competition both at home and abroad if they make a move to sign Camavinga this summer, with a number of Premier League sides among those being touted for a move.

Manchester United and Liverpool are among the English clubs who are monitoring the midfielder, while the biggest competition on the continent could come from Real Madrid.

Other European giants like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG could all throw their weight around if a transfer saga does develop.





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